CHICAGO U.S. Steel Corp.
has laid off 142 hourly employees at its tubular operations in
McKeesport, Pa., a company spokeswoman said Monday.
"As a result of business
conditions, including the negative effect of the high level of
tubular imports (many of which we believe to be unfairly
traded), we are adjusting production at our McKeesport Tubular
Operations," she told AMM via e-mail.
Before the layoffs, 237 were
employed at the plant, the spokeswoman said, leaving 95 left at
the facility. She did not speculate on business conditions or
when the laid-off workers might be recalled.
"While we have made every effort
to maintain employment at our operations, unfortunately, we
must now adjust our work force to match our production levels,"
the spokeswoman said.
The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker
said it had notified the United Steelworkers union of the
layoffs. A USW spokesman declined to comment Monday on the job
The McKeesport plant makes line
pipe in outside diameters of 8⅝ to 20 inches, according
to the companys website. The mill has an annual
production capacity of 315,000 tons and processes hot-rolled
band from the companys Mon Valley Works in West Mifflin,
amm.com, April 19, 2011).
The United States imported
205,705 tonnes of line pipe in October, up 38.6 percent from
148,369 tonnes in September and 20.4 percent higher than
170,842 tonnes in October 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau
data. The top overseas supplier of line pipe to the United
States during October was South Korea, which shipped 79,915
tonnes to the U.S. market, up 74 percent from 45,925 tonnes in
September and more than double the October 2011 total of 37,924
Several domestic mills have
suggested that a trade petition against energy tubulars from
South Korea could be in the works, including U.S. Steel (
amm.com, Oct. 31), with a filing potentially
coming early next year (
amm.com, Nov. 9).
U.S. Steel took control of the
McKeesport facility, the former Camp Hill Corp. and site of the
once-iconic National Tube Works, in 2011.
Earlier this year, U.S. Steel
made production cuts at its tubular facilities in Lorain, Ohio
amm.com, Oct. 26).